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The meat of the ratings themselves are something FiveThirtyEight dubs each team’s Elo Rating (again, explained in the link but for baseball coming down to “home-field advantage [url=http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-christian-villanueva-jersey]http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-brad-hand-jersey[/url] , margin of victory, park and era effects, travel, rest and — most importantly — starting pitchers”)And one thing the Elo Rating showed in 2018, is that tanking has reached epidemic proportions: five of the 21 worst baseball seasons since 2000 fell in 2018.Historically, where does this put the White Sox? Elo Ratings don’t end up varying terribly from simple won-loss percentage, or placement in division or league standings, of course. But just like home runs and RBIs might not tell the whole story of a player’s value vs. a more intricate stat like WAR, winning percentage bears a somewhat similar, simpler relationship to Elo.The 2018 White Sox ended with their lowest Elo Rating of the season on the last, 100th loss-clinching, day of the season, September 30: 1442.On June 18, 1989, after a 7-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox that dropped the team to 24-44 [url=http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-szczur-jersey]Matt Szczur Jersey[/url] , the White Sox dipped to a 1449 Elo. Close, but not quite.You have to go all the way back more than 38 years, to a 7-1 loss vs. the Oakland A’s on Sept. 24, 1980, to match that 1442 Elo the White Sox ended 2018 with.And you need to dial back a few more seasons still, to the end of the 1976 season (Oct. 3, 1976, a 3-0 loss vs. the Texas Rangers that dropped the club to 64-97) to come up with a lower Elo: 1437.There aren’t many lower points than the end of 2018, Elo-wise, in White Sox history.Bad Elos beyond 1976:1412 after a 9-3 loss to the Washington Senators on Sept. 12, 1932, dropping the White Sox to 43-95.1421 after a 5-4 loss vs. the California Angels on Oct. 1, 1970, ending the season at 56-106.1422 after a 12-10 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Sept. 26, 1934 [url=http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-craig-stammen-jersey]http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-brad-hand-jersey[/url] , dropping the White Sox to 51-96.1426 after a 4-0 loss to the St. Louis Browns on Oct. 1, 1948, ending the White Sox season at 49-101.(In several instances, particularly in the early 1930s, the White Sox had several Elo scores lower than 1442 over the course of the season; I merely picked the lowest ebb during those runs.)Otherwise, the White Sox have never really had Elo scores anywhere near as low as 1442. 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He’s hit five home runs through his first 29 games.Laureano is the first player in franchise history with two multihomer games in the first 30 games of their career.“That is very impressive based on the fact that you’ve been running (Mark) McGwires and (Jose) Cansecos and Khris Davis and Reggie Jacksons and all those guys through this organization,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “It means he’s off to a nice start.”Laureano homered leading off against Yovani Gallardo (8-4). Gallardo gave up five runs, six hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings.Laureano added an opposite field shot to right off Adrian Sampson that started a three-run sixth in which the A’s broke open a 5-2 game.“It’s pretty cool [url=http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-trevor-hoffman-jersey]Trevor Hoffman Jersey[/url] ,” Laureano said. “I just want to focus and keep moving forward. All those accolades, I will reflect on in the offseason. 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He was among seven pitchers the A’s used behind Liam Hendricks, who started and worked a scoreless first inning.FOR OPENERSThe A’s used a relief pitcher to start a game for the third time in the last week with Hendricks pitching ahead of Bassitt, who pitched three innings. “It’s a product of losing as many starters as we have,” Melvin said.Manager Jeff Banister said he’ll likely deploy the same strategy this weekend, likely on Sunday with Jeffrey Springs ahead of Ariel Jurado.OAKLAND’S UNBEATEN STREAKThe A’s are a win away from extending their streak of unbeaten series to 13, which would be an Oakland record. The A’s were 10-0-2 in series going into the Texas set.TRAINER’S ROOMRangers: OF/1B Ryan Rua (back muscle spasms) did running and hitting drills Friday. Banister said he’d have a better idea of his playing status by the end of the weekend.Athletics: LHP Brett Anderson (strained left forearm) will throw three 15-pitch simulated innings with breaks in between Saturday. If all goes well, Anderson could get a start on the team’s upcoming road trip, which starts Monday. … LHP Sean Manaea (left shoulder impingement) hasn’t resumed baseball activities since going on the DL on Aug. 26 and is unlikely to pitch again this season. … RHP Andrew Triggs (right arm nerve irritation) was shut down after experiencing symptoms of an injury that landed him on the DL on May 18.UP NEXTLHP Mendez (1-1, 5.59 ERA) has no record in three appearances against Oakland in which he’s given up three earned runs in seven innings. RHP Edwin Jackson (5-3, 2.91) is 0-1 with a 9.35 ERA in two starts against Texas this season.